As a Compliance Director with Chartwell Compliance, Malessa Arias-Babineaux brings over 18 years of experience in building and maintaining effective BSA/AML compliance programs at several companies in the MSB industry. Prior to joining Chartwell, Malessa headed up compliance programs at several MSBs including Noventis, Inc. (f/k/a PreCash), TransNetwork Corporation, and FTGlobalPay LLC (a Sigue Corporation affiliate).

Over her career, Malessa has gained extensive knowledge and experience in developing regulatory compliance programs both domestically and internationally. Her expertise includes developing programs for OFAC, Consumer Privacy, CFPB Remittance Transfer Rule, Fraud, Anti-Bribery, Elder Abuse, sanctions screening, and transaction monitoring. She also has gained extensive knowledge in building training programs, customer due diligence processes, risk assessments and writing policies and procedures. In addition, she has also created and established Money Transmitter AML programs in both Mexico and El Salvador.

Malessa has a BBA in Business Management from the University of Houston and is fluent in Spanish. She also has her CAMS certification. Malessa is originally from Los Angeles but lives in Houston, TX with her husband, 3 kids and parents. She enjoys spending time with her family playing cards, watching old movies, having family game nights and anything to do with superheroes and Star Wars. She also loves traveling, listening to music, dancing, and football. Last, but certainly not least, she is also a passionate and devoted Jazzercise instructor.

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